This Saturday (6:05 pm) is repeated what has been the constant of América de Cali in the last matches of the BetPlay II-2021 League: Forced to win at Pascual Guerrero and wait for other results to be given, to continue I live in the championship and dream of the miracle of qualifying for home runs.
The irregularity of the scarlets has been evident under the command of Juan Carlos Osorio, who returns to the bench after three days of suspension. This time, something other than the three points won’t do.
A few days ago the squad went silent before the matches and although it has never been easy to find the initialist formation in this new era, the truth is that Diego Novoa will be the goalkeeper, before Joel Graterol’s call to the National Team Venezuela in the Qualifiers. The winger Cristian Arrieta also returns.
What did attract attention is the call of striker Gustavo Torres, whom Juan Carlos Osorio himself had excluded two games ago for an act of indiscipline.
This second semester is one of the worst campaigns of the red team at home, since it barely adds 3 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws.
The victory of Jaguares over Cali at the beginning of the day left him with 27 points, further complicating the scarlet aspirations, taking into account his 23 points and his -1 goal difference. But the worst thing is that Envigado, Bucaramanga, Santa Fe and Medellín are on top.
If Envigado defeats Águilas in Rionegro and Santa Fe once Caldas, they would be above Jaguares, without ruling out Medellín, which is measured at Nacional. In other words, a rather complicated mission for those led by Osorio.
As is known, it will be played behind closed doors at Pascual Guerrero and only 8,000 children and young people from the training schools and colleges of the city will be able to enter, as a prelude to the Pan American Games. The club thus prevents any possibility of aggression to the coaching staff if this Sunday the elimination is confirmed, also because the cost of opening the stands is very high.
Data in the previous
América de Cali has lost only one of its 16 home matches to Deportivo Pasto in the league since 2002 (1 wins, 5 draws), in June 2019 0-3.
The Scarlets have won just one of their last seven home games in the tournament (3 draws, 3 losses), having won five of the previous eight (3 losses).
Pasto has three consecutive losses as a visitor in the tournament, but does not link more visits with defeat in the category since April-August 2018 (7).
22.4% of Deportivo Pasto’s shots in Liga II-2021 were headed, the second highest percentage in the competition behind Atlético Bucaramanga’s 25.3%.
Pasto is the team with the fewest shots among the three clubs in the championship (54).
Stadium: Pascual Guerrero
Saturday November 13
Hour: 6:05 pm
Transmit: WIN Sports +
Referee: Lisandro Castillo (Bogotá)
Assistants: Juan Vaca (Bogotá) and Geovanny Padilla (Bogotá)
America from Cali: Diego Novoa; Cristian Arrieta, Kevin Andrade, Marlon Torres (Jerson Malagón), Pablo Ortiz; Luis Alejandro Paz, Rodrigo Ureña (Carlos Sierra), Larry Angulo, Deinner Quiñones; Jeison Lucumí, Adrián Ramos.
DT: Juan Carlos Osorio.
Marco Antonio Garcés
Correspondent Futbolred Cali
On Twitter: @marquitosgarces